When is MLB Opening Day 2012?
For individual teams, the answer is simple. The Tampa Bay Rays opening day is April 6 against the New York Yankees. If you are a Boston Red Sox fan, then it's a day prior on April 5. The difficulty lies in the question of when is Opening Day for the league as a whole?
This shouldn't be that difficult of a question, but Major League Baseball has made it very confusing and actually pointless. Tonight's matchup between the St. Louis Cardinals and Miami Marlins is being advertised as opening night for the league.
Didn't opening night already happen?
What was that two-game series played between the Seattle Mariners and Oakland A's over in Japan that has my fantasy team starting in a deficit and statistics already on the board for the two teams? Furthermore, how does a team mentally prepare for two games that count to return and play more exhibition games?
That is the equivalent of the NFL moving their London games to the beginning of the season and having the teams return to play their final preseason game.
It just doesn't make sense.
Aside from the overseas debacle, there are a lot of better ways the league could have started off the 2012 season here in the states.
First of all, the marquee matchup between the Marlins and Cardinals is a pure joke. Although the Cardinals are the defending World Series Champions, they are without manager Tony LaRussa and slugger Albert Pujols. The Marlins have added the personalities to be interesting nationally, but right now, are still trying to build a buzz in their local market.
The game is not what makes me salivate to sit in front of the television to watch, even if they will be opening their new ballpark on top of where the old Orange Bowl once stood.
Opening the season with the Yankees against the Boston Red Sox or the Philadelphia Phillies playing anybody would be a much more entertaining way to start the year off on Opening Day, night or weekend.
At least we know that baseball is back regardless of when the season did or will start.
Jamal Wilburg is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report.